The Human Brain
1 of 11 CREDIT: © Benjamin Albiach Galan | Dreamstime.com
Portraits of the Mind
2 of 11 CREDIT: Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman, 2004.
3 of 11 CREDIT: Camillo Golgi
4 of 11 CREDIT: In-Jung Kim and Joshua Sanes, 2008.
Baroque Blood Vessels
5 of 11 CREDIT: Alfonso Rodríguez-Baeza and Marisa Ortega-Sánchez, 2009.
View of a Stroke
6 of 11 CREDIT: Henning U. Voss and Nicholas D. Schiff, 2008.
7 of 11 CREDIT: Tamily Weissman, Jeff Lichtman, and Joshua Sanes, 2005.
8 of 11 CREDIT: Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman, 2009.
Artsy Brain Cells
9 of 11 CREDIT: Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisaman, 2004.
Color My Cerebellum
10 of 11 CREDIT: Tamily Weissman, Jeff Lichtman, and Joshua Sanes, 2007
11 of 11 CREDIT: Ryan Draft, Jeff Lichtman, and Joshua Sanes, 2007.
The brain has long boggled the mind with its complexity, which is probably best summed up by Carl Sagan in "The Cosmos," when he said, "The brain is a very big place in a very small space." With modern technology, scientists are peering deeper and closer than ever before at the tangle of neurons and their billions of connections. Here's a peek at what the brain looks like, from antiquity to present-day.